Top 20 Microsoft LIVE Games of 2009 Ranked

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Microsoft video and computer games poobah Larry 'Major Nelson' Hryb just posted Microsoft's most popular LIVE-based games of 2009, and the winners might surprise you.

Despite Infinity Ward's franchise sales predominance, Bungie's two-year-old Halo 3 took top slot Xbox 360 honors over both Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (November 2007) and Modern Warfare 2 (November 2009) in the second and third slots repectively. The explanation's simple: Halo 3 is Xbox 360-exclusive, and actually has the edge over both Modern Warfare games in the US for Microsoft's console by several million units. Given Modern Warfare 2 a year or so and that may change, of course.

On the Windows side (scroll waaaay down to the bottom), Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto IV was the most popular Games For Windows LIVE title over THQ's Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II and Bethesda's Fallout 3. Shadowrun, the old 2007 online-only shooter by defunct developer FASA Interactive actually took fourth place over games like Batman: Arkham Asylum, Resident Evil 5, and Street Fighter IV. That makes a certain amount of sense given Shadowrun's online-oriented gameplay, and Microsoft did practically give it away for just $10 over the holidays as a direct download from their fresh-minted Games On Demand store.

Xbox 360 Top Live Titles (based on unique users)

1 Halo 3
2 Call of Duty 4
3 Modern Warfare 2
4 Call of Duty: WaW
5 Gears of War 2
6 GTA IV (Purchase and download the full game)
7 Left 4 Dead
8 Halo 3: ODST
9 FABLE II Episode 1 (of 5)
10 BioHazard 5 (Resident Evil 5)
11 Halo Wars - Demo
12 RESIDENT EVIL 5
13 Fallout 3
14 UFC 2009 Undisputed Demo
15 Left 4 Dead 2 - Demo
16 Gears of War
17 1 vs 100
18 Guitar Hero World Tour
19 Guitar Hero III
20 FIFA 09

Top Arcade Titles (full versions purchased)

1 Battlefield 1943
2 Castle Crashers
3 Trials HD
4 Hasbro Family Game Night **
5 Shadow Complex
6 Marvel vs. Capcom 2
7 Magic: The Gathering
8 UNO
9 Worms
10 Peggle
11 Worms 2: Armageddon
12 Turtles in Time Re-Shelled
13 'Splosion Man
14 A Kingdom for Keflings
15 3 on 3 NHL Arcade
16 The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition
17 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1989 Classic Arcade
18 Marble Blast Ultra
19 Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
20 Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix

**Combined sales of all Hasbro Family Game Night titles

Top Original Xbox Titles (based on unique users)

1 Halo 2
2 Star Wars: Battlefront 2
3 Fable
4 Counter-Strike
5 Conker: Live Reloaded
6 Doom 3
7 Splinter Cell Chaos
8 SW: KOTOR
9 Star Wars: Battlefront
10 SW: Republic Commando
11 Burnout 3
12 Fable: Lost Chapters
13 Call of Duty 2
14 Call of Duty 3
15 Call of Duty Finest
16 MechAssault 2
17 Crimson Skies
18 Guilty Gear XX #Reload
19 Rainbow Six 3
20 Gauntlet Seven Sorrows

Top Indie Games (full versions purchased)

1 I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES!!!1
2 Avatar Drop
3 RC-AirSim
4 Headshot
5 Miner Dig Deep
6 Rumble Massage
7 Who Did I Date Last Night
8 Kodu Game Lab
9 Avatar Golf
10 Aquarium HD
11 myFishtank
12 Head Shot 2
13 DrumKit
14 A Perfect Massage
15 The Impossible Game
16 Inside Lacrosse's CL2010
17 ZP2K9
18 ezmuze+ Hamst3r edition
19 The Drinking Game
20 Physics Sandbox

Top Games For Windows LIVE (based on unique users)

1 GTA IV
2 Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II
3 Fallout 3
4 Shadowrun
5 Street Fighter IV
6 Halo 2 (PC)
7 Batman: Arkham Asylum
8 Resident Evil 5
9 Gears of War (Windows)
10 Red Faction Guerrilla
11 Battlestations: Pacific
12 Kane & Lynch: Dead Men
13 DiRT 2
14 Section 8
15 Quantum of Solace PC
16 FlatOut UC (PC)
17 Fuel
18 Viva Piñata
19 SWTCW: Republic Heroes
20 Juiced 2: HIN

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